Story by Staff reporter
ZIMBABWEAN students from Maranatha Christian High School in Harare are Africa’s innovation champions after scooping four awards in Nigeria last Friday.
It was a special moment for Zimbabwe, as Africa rose to give Zimbabwean students a standing ovation after they were crowned champions at the 2022 Junior Achievement Africa Company of The Year Competition held in Nigeria.
Maranatha Christian High School students proved their mettle against seven other African nations at the continental innovation competitions.
Now back home, the excitement continues as the students relive the defining moments of their careers.
“It was a tough competition, but we made it. We were confident about our product from the word go and we are happy Africa agreed with us that we are the best,” said Maranatha Christian High School student, Blessing Bvunzawabaya, who participated in the competition.
“The competition was stiff, but we are so happy. This is for us this is for Zimbabwe. From here we want to conquer the world,” added Kudzai Katambarare, another student.
It is surely a moment to savour for the students, and they have carved their names in Africa’s history books.
“It is a turning point for the students because now they are going for the international competition. This puts their innovation at the top spot and sets the tone for the growth in their careers after school,” said Maranatha Christian High School teacher, Brian Nyabadza.
“We are going to be supporting the students to make sure that their company grows well beyond their current status. This is a good start for them and we will ensure that we nature this talent,” said the Executive Director of Junior Achievement Zimbabwe, Allen Chinhanho.
The history-making students have now set their sights on the international stage where they will battle for top honours with European teams next year.